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Challenges for 4G leaders at home and from abroad

They must navigate a tense external environment and get voters' buy-in

This time last year, the issue of who would succeed Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong was still an open question.

Now, all the signs point to current Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat, who was appointed the first assistant secretary-general of the People's Action Party (PAP) last month - a position that paves the way for him to occupy the hot seat.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 17, 2018, with the headline 'Challenges for 4G leaders at home and from abroad'. Print Edition | Subscribe